Every week, to reduce the number of Jews in the camps to prevent overcrowding, The Selection occurs. It is basically Survival of the Fittest, as the weak are selected to die and the strong continue to work. Elie’s father thought that he was too slow and was selected to die, so he gave Elie everything that he had. Elie did not want the spoon and knife because it was a sign of his father giving up on life. “Here, take this knife,” he said.
Elie relentlessly gives his ration of bread and soup to his father, trying to keep him alive. Food begets nourishment, satisfaction, and occasionally happiness; to Elie food compels worry, seeing that his father fades regardless of how much he’s given. A meager decision shows his maturity, few children his age put forth the effort to show care for their parents, much less to keep them viable. Elie’s relationship with Shlomo grows stronger through their experiences until death. The little, European boy transforms from living as Elie Wiesel to surviving as A-7713, but his relationship with his father alters from essentially the silent treatment to a genuine love.
The main theme of The Road is sacrifice. Each decision that they make greatly affects whether they will live another day. Everyday throughout the book, the man chooses to wake up, dress his son, and give whatever he can to the young boy. It would be easier to take the food and divide it evenly, but that’s not what he did. It would be easier to take the baby roasting on the fire, but that’s not what they did.
He notices that he needs people in his life to survive, he needs food, family and love. “It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want badly enough, it is you God-given right to have it. He's not only dying of starvation, but he's super lonely. McCandless suffers from lots of different things. He then slowly dies from eating the wrong thing, he suffers all the way till his death.
Elie may have continuously helped his father in lengthening his endurance, but failed to straighten his father’s will. He was able to continuously replenish his weak, old father little by little by making sacrifices such as by giving up his “ration of bread and soup” (110) due to his health and youth. But one aspect that he did not notice was that “every man for himself and . . .
In the beginning Elie shows compassion to others and helps them survive during rough times. By the end of the story Elie has little compassion left, only for his family members. Compassion also affected other characters like Mrs. Schacter and the Blockaleste. Characters have used compassion in order to help each other survive but having a lack of compassion also has effect on
I no longer accepted God 's silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him. And I nibbled on my crust of bread. Deep inside me, I felt a great void opening.¨ Also, Wiesel says on page 68, ¨But now, I no longer pleaded for
While in the concentration camps, most abandoned all of their ethics involving family, but Wiesel stayed with his father whenever he possibly could. Wiesel loved and cared deeply for his father and furthermore, as the Holocaust began to affect their lives, he felt responsible for his father, but ultimately, as his humanity was further tested, Wiesel also felt burdened by him. It was extremely evident that Wiesel cared about and loved dearly for his father because he made it evident in his actions. In Spring of 1944, World War II continued to rage near Sighet, Transylvania where Wiesel and his family resided in a small Jewish community. Since emigration certificates to Palestine could still be bought at that time, Wiesel asked his father “to sell everything, to liquidate everything, and to leave”
During the Buchenwald raid Elie leaves his father behind and flees for shelter not taking into consideration that there is a possibility that his father could die. Elie says in an unruly manner “I had no that he was on the road, on the brink of death, and yet I abandoned him” (101) this proves Elie has opened his eyes to the reality and started to fend for himself putting his faith aside. In another circumstance, on the verge of dying Chlomo shouted to Elie to get him a drop of coffee and some soup but Elie stated to himself. His last words was my name, a summon in which I did not respond.” (106) this gives the illusion that we see a change in Elie character, he is not the same loving son he was in the beginning, he has set aside his faith in order for him to survive. Finally at the end when Eliezer stood in the mirror admiring himself when he said with feelings of guilt “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me.
Elie, who once would have been fully active in the prayer service, now stood watching the prayer service like a stranger. Elie also does not fast for Yom Kippur: “I did not fast...And then, there was no reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him” (69). Elie is fed up with God being silent in a time when His people were being tortured and killed.
1- Elie Wiesel is comparing the soup to the taste of corpses because before they went to get their soup to eat, they watched the hanging of three bodies, two men and a child. They had to watch the light child struggle for life in the noose, watching him for half an hour up close until he died, no one wanted to see a child get hanged at an age like that. I feel that the emotions Elie is trying to communicate with us is extreme sadness and sorrow not only because of the death of the two prisoners, but because of the death of the boy. This quote to me, means that because of what he saw up close and for a half an hour, the 13 year old boy trying to cling to his life in the noose, had left a bad taste in his mouth for the soup. 2- I believe that